Power failure total rises slightly

Dutch households were without electricity for an average of 33 minutes last year but this figure is strongly influenced by the large scale power cut in the Bommelerwaard region in December which accounts for nine minutes of the total.

Most of the power cuts were caused by excavation work.
Figures published by the energy sector on Monday indicate that the power cut figure for 2007 was three minutes higher than the average over the last five years and three minutes lower than 2006.
The Bommelerwaard power cut left 30,000 households without electricity for 40 hours. It was caused by a military helicopter flying into a high voltage power mast.
Dutch energy supplies remain among the most reliable in Europe.

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